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In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

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Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How long is Mountain Echoes 2011? It depends.

The 2nd Mountain Echoes literary festival is just around the corner, but there seems to be some confusion regarding the dates. According to the official Facebook page, it starts on the 20th and ends on the 24th: Thus, five days. If you happened to visit the official website, the poster says 20 to 24, but the programme ends on the 23rd: Four days. And according to today's Kuensel article and the Tarayana Foundation website, the festival is three days long. What to do la... finding accurate and up-to-date information online is not always easy!

Update (8:20pm): I was just watching a a BBS ad for the festival, which showed that the dates are May 21-22, a total of two days. I am totally confused now.


  1. hi, 20th is the inaugural of the festival. the main festival is on from the 21st to 23rd may. on 24th may all authors head back to paro. the sessions are free for everyone to attend from the 21st, 22nd and 23rd may

  2. @Mita: Thanks for the extra information, but I am still confused. Can you please clarify:

    (1) whether the inauguration on the 20th is open to the wide audience, and if so, when and where will it take place?

    (2)is there anything for the public to attend on the 24th?


  3. And is there some registration that needs to be carried out before one can attend the program or can we just storm in on the day of the festival? If registration needs to be done, where do we do it and whom to contact? Some clarification, please.


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